Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous."

- Napoleon Bonaparte

Sunday, August 19, 2007


We treat each other with exceeding courtesy;
we say, it's great to see you after all these years.

Our tigers drink milk.
Our hawks tread the ground.
Our sharks have all drowned.
Our wolves yawn beyond the open cage.

Our snakes have shed their lightning,
our apes their flights of fancy,
our peacocks have renounced their plumes.
The bats flew out of our hair long ago.

We fall silent in mid-sentence,
all smiles, past help.
Our humans
don't know how to talk to one another.

-Wislawa Szymborska

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